Guest Post: Fall Mantle from Mabey She Made It

Happy Monday!  
Today is a first for me!!  I have my first guest post from Lisa over at Mabey She Made it!  I am so thrilled to have her, she is so cute and crafty!  She is also a new blogger, so be sure to go check out some of the other stuff she has done!

Hey there, Little Bit of Paint readers! I’m Lisa from Mabey She Made It, a crafting and sewing blog full of ideas and tutorials. I am so glad that Therena has let me in on her little piece of the web for a day to share an autumn-inspired project! 
Autumn Decor & Watercolor | Mabey She Made ItAutumn is my favorite season, but it always seems so fleeting before the winter cold comes. But as far as decorating goes, I keep autumn around for months. I love the rusty oranges, neutral browns, and pops of yellow, green, and even blue. It's so beautiful! Autumn Decor & Watercolor | Mabey She Made It I knew I wanted to create an autumn mantle around this old window I got a while ago ($15 for a matching pair) and this photo I captured of my family last year. I love the autumn colors and the way it stands out against my aqua walls. When I got the window, it had lots of places where the years of paint layers had completelychipped off leaving bare wood. I love the weathered look, but it just didn't look right with all those big sections of bare wood. So out came the scraper and paint. I scraped down the frame so there wasn't any flaking paint, then evaluated. Most of the frame was absolutely beautiful, so I left it alone. Then, in the bare sections, I painted a layer of teal then a layer of green, then a layer of white paint to mimic the layers already there. Autumn Decor & Watercolor | Mabey She Made It After it dried, I sanded down the areas and roughened them to blend into the rest a little better. Autumn Decor & Watercolor | Mabey She Made It Add a photo, and I love the way it looks. I also wanted to add some other fall colors in, so I pulled out my ink and watercolor paper and got to work. First, sketch a shape; it doesn't have to be perfect--the sketch won't be there at the end.Autumn Decor & Watercolor | Mabey She Made It Then start filling in your sketch one color at a time, letting the paper dry in between each application. Layer more colors on for a richer look and add some details. Once it's dry, take an eraser and erase all your pencil marks. Frame that baby, and you've got unique artwork! Put all together, this is what your autumn mantle decor looks like. Autumn Decor & Watercolor | Mabey She Made It Thanks for letting me visit! And, if anyone wants to see more fun projects and ideas, don’t hesitate to visit me at Mabey She Made It. See you there!

I love the simplicity of her mantle!  Gorgeous!  
Thanks Lisa!



  1. It is grogeous.... I love Fall too. I love seeing how everyone has their version of Fall decor.. Hers is very pretty! Blessings!

    1. Me too! I love all the differences! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Thanks for sharing. I'm getting excited for fall! I'm hosting a Wall Decal giveaway that you should enter! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/08/wall-decal-giveaway.html

  3. Love your gourds/pumpkins inside the lantern. Fall is my favorite season and I'm looking forward to doing my own mantle. Thanks for some inspiration. I'm visiting from the Brag About It link party.

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

  4. aww, this looks so perfect. I can't wait to incorporate in my fall stuff...though I always hate dealing with getting to the bins!

  5. How truly lovely! You make it look so easy to draw a beautiful leaf, but mine would not look as nice as yours. I may have to enlist my kids' help with the drawing. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organize 31. (I really adore your pretty little leaf!)

  6. Congratulations! You've been featured on this week's Martha Mondays! :) Swing by to pick up a "Featured" button and do a little bragging! :)




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